On one of the many feast days dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Sorrows, the Knights of Our Lady were victorious in their first soccer game of the season. Her intercession was certainly made known, as the rain remained minimal, the support poured in, and the team's resolve to come together and play hard was very high.
This season represents a changing of the guard so to speak for our soccer program. Many of the core student-athletes who participated in the past have graduated, and the team has welcomed several new faces. There is only one 12th grader on the team, but the leadership of the sophomore and junior classes is unusually strong. Moreover, participation in the program is at an all-time high, with nearly 27 student-athletes currently active on the roster, clearly a reflection of the overall growth in the numbers of families involved in the school community. This is a strength for our team, for our team can be kept as fresh as possible on the field.
The score in yesterday's home opener against RSEC Academy was only 2-0, but the Knights dominated the game-play throughout the match. Rarely was the ball on the defensive side of the field for a long period of time, and there were several missed breakaway opportunities on offense. It was a great confidence booster, and therefore an excellent start to the season. The cohesion and togetherness of the team was apparent, as players surprisingly sensed open teammates whom they met for the first time only 2 weeks ago. Our defense did its job, keeping the opposing attack always on the outside, and making sure the ball was kicked towards the sidelines whenever our guard was up.
Our next game is Monday, September 19th at 3:30pm, against a formidable and competitive foe, Jesse Remington school.
The team's patron saints are Saint Sebastien (always a player favorite) and Our Lady of Victory. We thank both of them for their intercession, and continue to ask that they pray for a successful and formative soccer season for all student-athletes involved.